Randolph the Reindeer


Getting Started

Always use your imagination and be creative when building these kids crafts or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!

1Find these or similar supplies!

• 1 empty plastic bottle
• Straws for legs
• Cereal box or some cardboard
• Regular masking tape
• Cotton ball (for the tail)
• Markers, pens, or paint for customizing

21. Make Randolph's legs!

It’s that time of year! Everyone knows Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but not many people are as familiar with his rambunctious remote relative, Randolph, replete with a rosy red bottle nose. The first thing I did was make Randolph’s legs by taping some straws together. I used three straws for each leg, but you can use less if you’d like. I also cut my straws down to a smaller size.

32. Position your pieces!

Randolph’s body is simply an empty 2-liter soda bottle, but you can use a smaller water bottle instead. I taped Randolph’s legs to the side of his body like you see here.

I cut out some pieces of cardboard in the shape of his antlers, and positioned them on Randolph’s head. I also wadded up a few pieces of tape for his eyes.

Next I rolled up a long piece of masking tape into a long thin strip for his mouth. You can make his mouth any shape you want.

I then temporarily positioned his eyes, mouth and antlers because I will cover up his entire body with tape before permanently affixing them.

3. Tape Randolph!

I like to cover my crazy creatures with masking tape because it makes it easier to decorate them. I covered Randolph’s body with a layer of regular masking tape, including his nose. I actually covered his nose with multiple layers of tape to give it a thick, bulbous look.

You can cover his legs with a thick layer of tape as well to make sure that Randolph won’t have any problems standing up.

If you don’t have enough tape, you can just start customizing Randolph now and use paint to cover him.


44. Add your additional parts!

I attached Randolph’s eyes, mouth and antlers to his body. His eyes and mouth are sticky so you can just put them on any way you want. I used multiple layers of tape to stick his antlers on to make sure they stayed put.

75.Color Randolph!

Customizing Randolph is a lot of fun. I spent a lot of time on his fur by cutting out strips of masking tape into small triangles and layering them over his body. I used a marker to color his body and to give him a furry look.

You can just color his body with markers or paint if you’d like.

I also cut out some small pieces of cardboard and made some ears for Randolph and taped them on.

86.Color his nose!

I colored his rosy red nose with a red marker. I also colored his mouth red, and his hooves black. I made Randolph’s eyes black, but you can use any color.

I colored his antlers and ears with a brown marker.

Finally you can add a cotton ball tail by wadding up a piece of tape and attaching the tail to his body with it.

97.7.Finish Randolph!

VOILÁ! Randolph, the rambunctious remote relative of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Merry Christmas...